The video that cost Ray Rice his career with the Ravens apparently cost TMZ more than a $100,000.
According to a story in the New Yorker focusing on TMZ founder Harvey Levin, the website paid about $15,000 for the video that showed the former Ravens’ running back dragging his then-fiancée and current wife from a casino elevator. Then the website paid nearly $90,000 for the video that showed Rice punching his current wife, Janay Rice, in the elevator on the same night in February of 2014.
That second video, released to the public in September of 2014, led to the Ravens immediately releasing Rice just before he was due to return from a two-game suspension, while the NFL reacted by suspending Rice indefinitely. Rice won an appeal to gain eligibility for reinstatement, but he has not played in the NFL since. The longer he remains unsigned, the less likely it becomes that the 29-year-old Rice will get a chance to resume his career. Free agency is set to begin next month, but while free agent running backs like Doug Martin, Matt Forte, Chris Ivory, and Lamar Miller are expected to be highly-coveted, Rice’s name is not being mentioned in league circles.
Rice has been working to raise awareness about domestic violence since his ouster form the league, and has expressed a desire to work with the NFL to increase domestic violence awareness and prevention.